Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 8/15/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals
Date: Monday, August 15, 2022
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
The Chicago Cubs (47-65) are headed to Nationals Park on Monday where they will try to defeat the Washington Nationals (38-77). The expected starting pitchers will be Marcus Stroman and Jon Gray.
As a team, the Chicago Cubs are knocking in 4.2 runs per contest, which is 21st in baseball. They have notched a total of 465 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .318. The Cubs have accumulated 184 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 111 balls out of the park. They have recorded 437 runs batted in as well as 924 base knocks on the year, while their team batting average is .244. Chicago is slugging .391 and have struck out 989 times, while taking a walk on 361 occasions.
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Cubs pitchers have given up 144 long balls in addition to 534 total runs (24th in the league). They have walked 371 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.29 as a unit on the year. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.65 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.33. The Cubs have compiled a team ERA of 4.26 so far this year (23rd in baseball), and the staff has struck out 982 hitters.
The Cubs relievers have accumulated a save rate of 58.1% and has entered the game in 82 save situations. The relievers have inherited 148 runners for the year and 26.4% of those runners crossed home plate. Cubs bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with players on base 110 times in addition to having 124 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cubs have sent 371 relief pitchers to the hill for the year. The relief pitchers have 36 holds over the course of the season (29th in MLB). They have recorded 25 saves so far this year and have blown 18 of 43 save opportunities.
The Cubs have transformed 68.7% of balls hit into play into outs in their 8,994 innings, ranking them 22nd in pro baseball. The Chicago Cubs have accounted for 2,998 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 1,005 assists and 69 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .983 which is 25th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 100 double plays.
Stroman (64-65 mark in his career) has a FIP of 3.64 while going up against 4,603 batters in the majors. He has surrendered 1,086 hits (8.8 hits per nine innings) and has had 308 walks. His ERA is 3.67 (452 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.259. Stroman has taken the hill for 1,107 frames and has earned 927 punch outs during his MLB career.
The Nationals have a SLG% of .376 and they score 3.81 runs per game (26th in the league). They have 177 doubles, while walking 344 times and racking up 438 runs. Washington has tallied 95 home runs for the year as well as 419 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 834 instances (29th in baseball) and have recorded 953 hits. The Washington Nationals have recorded an OBP of .315 and a team batting average of .248 for the year.
The Washington pitching staff have relinquished 642 runs over the course of the season while having an ERA of 5.29 (590 earned runs conceded). They have surrendered 177 dingers and they yield 5.76 runs per 9 innings (30th in MLB). The Nationals have a WHIP of 1.484 and have a FIP of 5.04 as a team so far this season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.14 (881 strikeouts against 411 bases on balls). They are sitting at 29th in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 1,077.
Washington has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 32 save opportunities and they have come away with 20 saves. They rank 18th in MLB holding a save rate of 62.5%, and they have sent 421 relief pitchers to the mound this season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 85 times in high leverage situations and also on 114 occasions with base runners. Washington relievers have an inherited score percentage of 30.3% out of their 188 inherited runners. Sitting with 79 save situations, the Nationals have amassed 46 holds and 12 blown saves.
The Washington Nationals have turned 83 double plays and have a fielding rate of .982 (29th in baseball). The Nationals have racked up 989 assists, 74 errors and have amassed 3,009 putouts for the year. Out of their 9,027 innings played, the Nationals have earned a defensive efficiency of 67.9% (27th in MLB).
Gray (60-55 win-loss record in his career) holds a 4.51 ERA while conceding 8.8 hits per nine innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.07 and he has faced 3,984 opposing hitters during his MLB career. He has given up a total of 467 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.320 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.9. In his pro baseball career, Gray has allowed 917 hits while tallying 965 punch outs in 932 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago
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